Remedies for Braces When You’re On the Go

May 19, 2016

hacks for braces

You’re working your way toward that perfect smile, but with braces there are always a few bumps along the way. Below are a few remedies for when you are on the go or at home to make those bumps a little more manageable.

  1. Rubber bands always seem to keep breaking? Use a recycled clean medicine container or small pill box to store bands in your purse or car. That way if one breaks while you are away from home there’s no need to worry.


  1. When you come home from getting your braces tightened there’s always a good chance you are going to be feeling a little sore. First, stay ahead of pain by taking medication before your orthodontic appointment. After your appointment you can soothe the pain a few different ways. Have a teething sibling in the house? A few drops of Orajel in the painful area will work wonders. You can also numb the pain by drinking ice cold water, holding a cold compress on the sore area, or gently sucking on ice cubes (remember not to chew on the cubes as you may break a wire).


  1. If you notice pain or a few sores inside your mouth from your braces rubbing against your lips, you can ease the irritation at home or on the go with a little salt and warm water. Using ordinary table salt, add 1 teaspoon to a cup of warm water (it would be a good idea to keep a few salt packets in your purse, backpack, or car for those emergency moments). Dissolve the salt completely then swish the salt water solution for about 1 minute then spit out. This can be done as often as needed.


  1. Schedule appointments on days when you have nothing important happening. You don’t want to be trying to focus on a test, be in the middle of an interview, or having to give a speech while also focusing on dental pain.
  1. Going out and worried about food particles getting stuck in your teeth? The easiest fix is to have a soft travel size toothbrush handy and do a quick bush over once you have finished eating. If this isn’t an option keep a small pocket mirror on you to check those pearly whites after you’ve eaten. Another good rule of thumb, use a straw when drinking soft drinks or other drinks that may have sugar (although we do recommend avoiding these if possible). Using a straw helps keep that sugar off your teeth and braces!


  1. Craving popcorn but you know it’s a no-no? Try Popcorn Cheerios!

¾ cup butter

4 cups Cheerios


Melt butter in a frying pan.  Add Cheerios and mix until brown.  Add salt to taste.  Other flavors like cinnamon can be added.  Using the frying pan usually takes about 15-20 minutes.

The doctors at Cronauer and Angelakis have your smile and comfort at the forefront of the minds. Contact our office today to see how we can get you on your way to that perfect smile!

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